The Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt)

The Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt) is the largest group of art patrons focusing on art and art acquisitions in the Netherlands.

The aim of the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt) is to enable everyone to enjoy art into the future, just as our ancestors have enabled us to do. The Association wishes to pursue these efforts, just as it has done for the past 130 years, as follows:

  • by helping museums to acquire art, thus adding new masterpieces to art collections available to the public,
  • by ensuring that important art treasures remain accessible to the public,
  • and by relating the stories which accompany some of these extraordinary art treasures.

The Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt) and the Rijksmuseum

In 1883 the auction of collector Jacob de Vos’s drawings led to the foundation of the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt). A group of private collectors based in Amsterdam wanted to ensure that these drawings, which were so important to Dutch culture and society, would continue to be available for public viewing in the Netherlands. They purchased these drawings from the De Vos collection and handed them over to the Rijksmuseum. These drawings have therefore continued to be accessible to everyone, to this very day. Thus the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt) was born. For the Rijksmuseum alone, the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt) contributed to the acquisition of hundreds of artefacts: ranging from paintings, sketches and silverwork to Asian art and sculpture.

Acquired with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt